Pete Zaitcev (zaitcev) wrote,
Pete Zaitcev
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Ai yori Aoshi

While I'm waiting for an RHEL-3 kernel to rebuild here, let me rant what a disappointment Ai yori Aoshi was. It must be some kind of crash and burn record: I gave up about 2/3 into episode 5 (where Tina arrives). It was supposed to be better than Chobits, not worse. A human woman, see! Well, actually Aoi is great, even grand, impossible not to love. But she cannot carry the show all by herself when the story stinks. And I am at a difficulty trying to remember the last time what I saw a story so contrived and artificial. Great, just great. I am only happy that I didn't buy a boxed set.

P.S. Did I mention that Aoi is great? More the pity. Curses!

P.P.S. Now that I think about it, I dropped Pani Poni Dash after 2 episodes, so 4 2/3 is not strictly a record. But I think I feel it sharper this time around because I had higher expectations. Ridiculously naive, I know. Or in denial. I didn't see anything that reviews haven't told me, but I hoped that reviewers got it wrong. They were wrong about Azumanga, so why not again?

P.P.P.S. Oh, great. I touched include/linux/sched.h. This will take a while to rebuild. Meanwhile, I remembered another dropped show: Kanon. I cannot say it even sucked all that bad, I just wasn't into it. I knew what it was right in the first episode, but a friend kept asking me to give it a second chance, so I suffered obidiently for about 5 eps or so.

Liked: yes for 3 episodes, no for the rest (tested by random sampling)
Rewatch: fragments, if anything

{Shamus, my disappointment was a result of wrong expectations (my fault entirely) and the contrast between the quality of Aoi and quality of the writing. If I wanted another Love Hina, there would be no disappointment. Ai yori Aoshi certainly can compete with such.}
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